Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (Nov. 23): Daily Infections Surge By 417 to Cross 10,000
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Daily Covid infections surge by 417 to cross 10,000
The Ministry of Health reported on Nov. 22 the detection of a further 10,321 new Covid-19 infections across 58 provinces and cities nationwide, an increase of 417 from the previous day.
Ho Chi Minh City continues to record the highest number of daily infections with 1,547, trailed by Binh Duong with 688, and Tay Ninh with 564. Elsewhere, Hanoi confirmed 260 new cases, with the majority being detected among the community.
The Ministry also confirmed 190 Covid-19 fatalities over the past 24 hours. A total of 4.776 patients were also released from the hospital the same day.
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HCM City proposes welcoming international visitors next month
The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has proposed the city welcome fully vaccinated foreign tourists from December in a document submitted to the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. If approved by the Prime Minister, from this December, the southern economic hub will pilot allowing qualified international travel agencies to host visitors under a closed package tour program. The tourists, coming to the city via charter and regular international flights, are only able to visit, eat, and rest according to a predetermined route to ensure Covid-19 safety measures.
Eligible foreign holiday-makers need to meet several conditions including receiving authorized certificates of their full vaccination at least 14 days and less than 12 months prior to their arrival or recovery from the coronavirus; as well as having negative test results in 72 hours before departure and owning health or tourism insurance cards.
Meanwhile, the local tourism service suppliers have to strictly follow pandemic prevention regulations, with all workers involved fully vaccinated and lodging facilities arranging temporary quarantine areas for any suspected cases. The tourism sector has so far prepared options for tackling the detection of Covid-19 infections during the process. Then, in January 2022, the city will welcome international guests and possibly combine many destinations between it and localities, which are also allowed to welcome guests. From April 2022, it is expected to fully reopen to the international tourist market.
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Foreign tourists return to My Son Sanctuary after pandemic hiatus
More than 40 international tourists visited My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO-recognised world heritage site in Quang Nam province's Duy Xuyen district on November 22 after a long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. During their trip, the holidaymakers enjoyed special art performances and festivals featuring the culture of Cham people and participated in folk games. They were also treated to traditional dishes.
Phan Ho, director of the management board of the heritage site, said during the suspension, Vietnamese and Indian experts, and hundreds of skilled workers had restored Tower A in the sanctuary, which is now ready to welcome visitors. Aleksei Fanberow, a tourist from Israel, said after a two-year pandemic hiatus, he has returned to Vietnam which is now safe with beautiful landscapes, and friendly and hospitable people. Apart from foreign tourists, domestic vacationers have also registered for tours to My Son in the coming days.
Once the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom, the My Son Sanctuary is located within a hilly landscape in Duy Phu commune, Duy Xuyen district, about 70 km southwest of central Da Nang city and 40 km from Hoi An ancient town. It is comprised of eight groups of 71 monuments built from the 7th to 13th centuries. The sanctuary was recognized as a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO in 1999.
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Hanoi suburban schools ready to receive students back
Schools in Hanoi’s 17 suburban districts and towns are ready to receive students back after the city authorities allowed ninth-graders in those localities to go to school again on November 22 after months of remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, their peers in 12 urban districts will continue to have online lessons.
Amidst the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the capital city lately, schools have developed teaching plans corresponding to their own conditions, with Covid-19 emergency preparedness taken into account to prevent schooling disruptions.
The Hanoi Department of Education and Training has ordered the schools to strictly comply with pandemic safety requirements and not to offer catering and semi-boarding services at school.
As of November 21, over 108 million vaccine doses have been administered across the country. Indeed, nearly 42 million people are now fully inoculated, and almost 67 million people have received one dose of the vaccine.
Following the latest infections, the total caseload currently amounts to 1,094,514, of which 1,091,662 have been detected during the fourth wave of infections that hit the nation in April.
The nation is ranked 34th out of 223 countries and territories in terms of infections, with the country being placed at 133rd for cases per one million people.
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